What are the differences between
size_t and C++'s
std::size_t are both same.
In C, it's defined in
<stddef.h> and in C++, its defined in
<cstddef> whose contents are the same as C header (see the quotation below). Its defined as unsigned integer type of the result of the sizeof operator.
C Standard says in §17.7/2,
size_t which is the unsigned integer type of the result of the sizeof operator
And C++ Standard says (about
cstddef header) in §18.1/3,
The contents are the same as the Standard C library header , with the following changes.
So yeah, both are same; the only difference is that C++ defines
Please also notice that the above line also says "with the following changes" which isn't referring to
size_t. Its rather referring to the new additions (mostly) made by C++ into the language (not present in C) which are also defined in the same header.
Wikipedia has very good info about range and storage size of size_t:
Range and storage size of size_t
The actual type of size_t is platform-dependent; a common mistake is to assume size_t is the same as unsigned int, which can lead to programming errors, when moving from 32 to 64-bit architecture, for example.
According to the 1999 ISO C standard (C99), size_t is an unsigned integer type of at least 16 bits.
And the rest you can read from this page at wikipedia.